Erectile Dysfunction

Prince William Urology Associates

Urologists located in Manassas, VA & Haymarket, VA

Erectile dysfunction can wreck your self-confidence and cause problems in your relationship, but thankfully, there are a number of effective treatment options available at Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia. The experienced team of urologists can help manage your erectile dysfunction so you can regain your self-esteem and get back to enjoying intimacy. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

It’s common to have difficulty getting and keeping an erection once in a while, but if it’s happening often enough to impact your sex life, you may have erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence. ED can impact your self-esteem and create anxiety and frustration around sex, leading to difficulties in your relationship with your partner.

Though you may find ED embarrassing, rest assured that your urologist at Prince William Urology Associates has treated many cases of it before. It’s a common condition with many treatable causes, so don’t hesitate to talk to your urologist if you’re regularly unable to achieve an erection strong enough for sex.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erections are a complicated phenomenon, so ED has a range of causes, both physiological and psychological. Sometimes, the cause is a health problem that directly interferes with blood flow to your penis. When that’s the case, you’ll likely find it difficult to get an erection in any situation.

You may also have ED for psychological reasons, which don’t have to be directly related to sex. If you can get erections in certain situations, like when you first wake up, but you have trouble when you’re with a partner, the cause is more likely to be mental than physical.

Factors that can contribute to ED include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Low testosterone
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress and feeling preoccupied
  • Relationship problems
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and drug use

Erectile dysfunction may also be a side effect of certain prescription medications. It’s helpful for you and your doctor to keep track of your erectile problems, including when they started or if they affect you more often in certain situations.

Though erectile dysfunction is more common in men age 50 and older, it can affect younger men as well. Don’t avoid seeking help because you think you’re not old enough to have ED.

What are the treatment options for erectile dysfunction?

Your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates first determines the cause of your erectile dysfunction. Often, you can improve your ED by treating the underlying medical condition causing it or by making lifestyle changes, such as managing your stress levels or cutting down on drinking.

If addressing the underlying factors isn’t enough, or if you need an additional boost to improve your ED symptoms, your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates may recommend treatment options such as:

  • Medication, which improves blood flow in response to sexual stimulation
  • Injectable treatments, which you administer at home when you’re ready for sex
  • Electrocorporeal shock wave therapy using Duolith® technology, which can reduce your reliance on medication

To get help for erectile dysfunction, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.